Berthold Goldschmidt

Composer and conductor, born 18.1.1903 in Hamburg, died 17.10.1996


Photo: Dr Derek Goldfoot


Biography

Berthold Goldschmidt studied in Berlin with Franz Schreker. In 1927 he became conductor in Darmstadt, where he worked with the director Carl Ebert. In 1931 he moved to the Städtisches Theater Berlin. In 1932 his opera “Der Gewaltige Hahnrei” was performed in Mannheim. He emigrated to the UK in 1935.

From 1941 to 1947 he worked for the BBC as Music Director of the German Service. In 1947 he became chorus master at Glyndebourne. Afterwards he worked for the rest of his life as a conductor and composer in London.

In 1987 he conducted his own composition, the opera Beatrice Cenci for the first time. (He had finished it in 1951.) Since the 1990ies his music has been performed widely, especially in Germany.


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